The Jacket to Buy Now, Wear Later, and Keep Forever

by 1792 Style

Two Words: Double. Breasted. 

Our minds fare better when we have something to look forward to. And this logic doesn’t only apply to a future vacation somewhere with sand and sun—it applies to clothes, too. You could, for example, find something pricey you’ve wanted for a long time out of season, but on sale. A good winter coat, maybe, found at 50% off in March that you can’t wait to wear come November. A reason to embrace the cold. 

Such a theory can apply to clothes that aren’t on sale, too. Many of us have been cooped up day after day in our homes, with no real reason to get dressed up. No real reason to try on something new. Things are changing, though (thank goodness), and that’s got us thinking about the idea of treating yourself to something to buy now with the intention of keeping it for later. A tangible, symbolic reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. 

This could be many things: a pair of leather boots, a new tie, or a bathing suit for a day at the pool come summer. Who doesn’t need a swim trunk upgrade after all? In our book, though, there’s no better thing to buy now, wear later, and treasure forever than a double breasted blazer (or suit). Why? Because if you get one that’s well-made and tailored to fit, it’ll not only last a lifetime, it will have you prepared and looking sharp for any event that comes your way. 

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From pinstripe suits in Italian wool to purple jackets in Spanish linen, there are plenty of styles to choose from and at prices that run the gamut. Do your research, shop around, compare your favorites and sleep on them till you find the version that’s right for you. 

And when it comes to how to style it, the best advice we can give is this: don’t overthink it. This is a piece of your wardrobe that you can dress up for a wedding or dress down for a bourbon at the bar with friends. You’ll see what we mean below, but the main idea is to wear it in a way that feels comfortable for you and don’t be afraid to get creative. 

@sartoriomerta

Forever fresh, you can’t go wrong with a palette of blue and white. As we see here, you can easily use a blazer to dress up your favorite pair of jeans. 

@Guerre

A lad in lavender is an uncommon look, which is precisely why this caught our eye. Why not lift your spirits come spring with  a lightweight jacket in a royal hue? 

@joeottoway

Go green in a midweight fabric for a look that works in spring, summer, and fall. 

@marquelleturner

Buy the full suit and break it up as needed. Go all out when you step out by pairing pinstripes with a velvet slipper. 

@doctor_kwon

If navy’s just not your thing, try black. Someone once said you can’t go wrong with black and we believe them. 

@thearmouryhk

Brown and black—a combination as timeless as white and blue. 

@ofrstyle

You can break it up and wear it with jeans, yes, but you can also mix it with a favorite pair of pants you already have. 

@the_bespoken

No plants till fall? Get one and plan on wearing it with a turtleneck and fedora to boot. 

@ikejun.0408

Brass buttons? Go for it. 

Editor’s Note: Top photo by MAX LIBERTINE on Unsplash

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